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Researchers Show Facebook's Ad Tools Can Target a Single User

A new research paper written by a team of academics and computer scientists from Spain and Austria has demonstrated that it's possible to use Facebook's targeting tools to deliver an ad exclusively to a single individual if you know enough about the interests Facebook's platform assigns them.

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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus Have Been Suffering Global Outage

Facebook is back online after a six-hour outage due to DNS routing problems. The outage took down Instagram, Whatsapp, Messenger, and Oculus VR as well.

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Facebook Whistleblower Speaks

An Iowa data scientist with a computer engineering degree and a Harvard MBA has come forward as the whistleblower leaking damaging information about Facebook. They've now also filed at least eight complaints with America's Securities and Exchange Commission, which has broad oversight over financial markets and has the power to bring charges against companies suspected of misleading investors. To buttress the complaints, the whistleblower secretly copied "tens of thousands" of pages of internal Facebook research, which summarizes her ultimate conclusion: "that the company is lying to the public about making significant progress against hate, violence and misinformation.

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What Happened When Germany Tried to Fight Online Hate Speech?

"Harassment and abuse are all too common on the modern internet," writes the New York Times. "Yet it was supposed to be different in Germany." In 2017, the country enacted one of the world's toughest laws against online hate speech. It requires Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to remove illegal comments, pictures or videos within 24 hours of being notified about them or risk fines of up to 50 million euros. Supporters hailed it as a watershed moment for internet regulation and a model for other countries. But an influx of hate speech and harassment in the run-up to the German election, in which the country will choose a new leader to replace Angela Merkel, its longtime chancellor, has exposed some of the law's weaknesses.

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Salesforce CEO Argues Facebook 'is the New Cigarettes'

Social media may be bad for our health, argues long-time technology reporter/commentator Kara Swisher in the New York Times.

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Instagram Boss Says Social Media is Like Cars: People Are Going To Die

Adam Mosseri may want to take a second pass at that one:

In an interview he attempted to defend the negative effects his platform has on its users by comparing social media to cars. The gist of his argument? Some people are just going to get run over, and that's the price we all pay. "We know that more people die than would otherwise because of car accidents, but by and large cars create way more value in the world than they destroy."

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LAPD Officers Told To Collect Social Media Data on Every Civilian They Stop

Copies of the "field interview cards" that police complete when they question civilians reveal that LAPD officers are instructed to record a civilian's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media accounts, alongside basic biographical information. An internal memo further shows that the police chief, Michel Moore, told employees that it was critical to collect the data for use in "investigations, arrests, and prosecutions," and warned that supervisors would review cards to ensure they were complete.

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WhatsApp fined €225m by Ireland over Privacy

Facebook's WhatsApp was fined a record 225 million euro by the Irish data protection regulator on Thursday after the EU privacy watchdog pressured Ireland to raise the penalty for the company's privacy breaches.

Partly at issue is how WhatsApp share information with parent company Facebook, according to the commission. The decision brings an end to a GDPR inquiry the privacy regulator started in December 2018. WhatsApp said it disagrees with the decision and plans to appeal. "We have worked to ensure the information we provide is transparent and comprehensive and will continue to do so," a WhatsApp spokesperson said via email.

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Social Media Giants Failing To Remove Most Antisemitic Posts

Five social media giants failed to remove 84% of antisemitic posts in May and June -- and Facebook performed the worst despite announcing new rules to tackle the problem, a new report finds.

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Gigantes das Redes Sociais falham em remover a maior parte das publicações antissemitas

Cinco gigantes das redes sociais não conseguiram remover 84% das publicações antissemitas entre maio e junho - e o Facebook teve o pior desempenho apesar de anunciar novas regras para lidar com essa questão, aponta um novo estudo.

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Because of Social Media, Are We Reading Fewer Books?

A user wrote:

"Twitter did something that I would not have thought possible: It stole reading from me," argues a former New Yorker writer (who was once nominated for the Pulitzer Prize). In a new piece in the Atlantic this week, they argue that Twitter "hacked itself so deep into my circuitry that it interrupted the very formation of my thoughts..."

I'm still haunted by a free 37-minute documentary I saw two years ago on YouTube called Bookstores: How to Read More Books in the Golden Age of Content. It followed Max Joseph, the former host of the TV show Catfish (and the documentary's director) as he spoke to several reading experts (including a speed reader) about how he could form better habits. But at one point he calculates he was spending 20 minutes a day just on news, plus another 30 minutes a day on social media — which adds up to 304 hours a year that could've been spent reading books. (Enough time to read 30 books a year.)

Are we reading fewer books because of social media?

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Professional Social Media Usage and Work Engagement Among Professionals in Finland Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed work life profoundly and concerns regarding the mental well-being of employees’ have arisen. Organizations have made rapid digital advancements and have started to use new collaborative tools such as social media platforms overnight. Our study aimed to investigate how professional social media communication has affected work engagement before and during the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of perceived social support, task resources, and psychological distress as predictors and moderators of work engagement.

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Uso profissional de redes sociais e engajamento no trabalho entre profissionais na Finlândia, antes e durante a pandemia de COVID-19

A pandemia de COVID-19 alterou profundamente nossa vida laboral e muitas preocupações surgiram acerca do bem-estar mental de funcionários. As empresas fizeram rápidos avanços digitais e começaram a utilizar novas ferramentas colaborativas, como as redes sociais, da noite para o dia. Nossa pequisa investiga como o uso profissional de comunicações através de redes sociais afetou o engajamento no trabalho antes e durante a pandemia de COVID-19. Também buscou-se investigar o papel do apoio social, das task resources, e da aflição psicológica como preditores e moderadores do engajamento no trabalho.

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Clubhouse: The $4 Billion App That Doesn’t Value Privacy, Security or Accessibility

It is tempting to excuse Clubhouse’s flaws as growing pains, but the app’s design and rollout illustrate just how little Silicon Valley and its venture capital backers have learned.
Editors note: we are starting this week to hold Weekly Digest meetings on Clubhouse - please write us (weekly-digest@ownyourdata.eu) with your suggestions for an alternative platform!

Clubhouse: o aplicativo de 4 bilhões de dólares que não se importa com privacidade, segurança ou acessibilidade

IÉ tentador desculpar as falhas do Clubhouse taxando-as de "dificuldades iniciais", mas o desing e a implementação ilustram quão pouco o Vale do Silício e seus financiadores do mercado financeiro aprenderam.

Nota dos editores: nós estamos começando a realizar nossas reuniões do Weekly Digest no Clubhouse - por favor, nos respondam (weekly-digest@ownyourdata.eu) com suas sugestões para uma outra alternativa de plataforma!

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Tru.net

Tru is a totally new kind of social media experience – designed to help solve the social media crisis.

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How to Hold Social Media Accountable for Undermining Democracy

The problem with social media isn’t just what users post — it’s what the platforms decide to do with that content. Far from being neutral, social media companies are constantly making decisions about which content to amplify, elevate, and suggest to other users. Given their business model, which promotes scale above all, they’ve often actively amplified extreme, divisive content — including dangerous conspiracy theories and misinformation. It’s time for regulators to step in.

Como o uso da desinformação como arma pode derrubar a rede elétrica de uma cidade

A mídia social tornou possível manipular as massas por meio de desinformação e notícias falsas em uma escala sem precedentes. Isso é particularmente alarmante do ponto de vista da segurança, pois os humanos provaram ser um dos elos mais fracos na proteção de infraestruturas críticas em geral e da rede elétrica em particular.

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How weaponizing disinformation can bring down a city’s power grid

Social media has made it possible to manipulate the masses via disinformation and fake news at an unprecedented scale. This is particularly alarming from a security perspective, as humans have proven to be one of the weakest links when protecting critical infrastructure in general, and the power grid in particular.

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